Customer Photos: BlackLine Winch Straps

marc8 We’re always happy to hear from customers. Thanks to Marc for sending in these great photos of our BlackLine winch straps.

“I found USCC online. Googled best cargo strap and USCC came up. I bought everything that my hot shot rig would need. Everything I bought is extremely high in quality- from the straps and chains to the binders and tarps.marc7

I’ve been moving all types of cargo since 07 and have never seen better quality cargo control products. Since there are so many people getting into hotshot trucking right now there are many questions being asked. A popular question/topic is “What are you guys using to secure your loads?”  This question is asked almost daily. I’m always quick to chime in and rep US CARGO CONTROL. Others agree that you guys are the best. USCC makes my company and I look professional. I have the confidence to pull into any DOT weigh station, inspection area or truckstop and KNOW my load is marc3secure. DOT officers don’t give me a second look after they see that my rig is fitted with high quality securing equipment.

Keep up the good work guys.”

Marc Betancourt
A1 Eagle Ford Transport

 

 

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Chain Slings from US Cargo Control

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David Urlaub, Lifting & Rigging Product Expert

Since we’ve expanded our line of chain lifting slings earlier this year, it’s been great seeing the different types and sizes of chain slings customers are requesting. This one has been one of the biggest we’ve seen lately.

These chains have a capacity of 234,000 lbs. at 60 degrees, which means it would break at about 1,000,000 lbs. It’s being used to lift a large pump that weighs 210,000 lbs.chain sling from US Cargo Control

 

All of our lifting chain slings are manufactured with chain that’s made in the USA and European-made fittings. All also meet or exceed the latest guidelines of the National Association of Chain Manufacturers (NACM), ANSI B30.9 standards, and specifications set by OSHA.

Types of Chain Slings

We offer four sling types: standard, adjustable, endless and basket.

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Standard Triple Leg Chain Sling

Standard chain slings. Manufactured with one, two, three, or four lengths of chain, and fitted with hardware at each end, with a master oblong link at the top.

Single Leg Standard Chain Sling
Double Leg Standard Chain Sling
Triple Leg Standard Chain Sling
Quad Leg Standard Chain Sling

 

 

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Adjustable Double Leg Chain Sling

Adjustable chain slings. Similar to standard chain slings, but each leg is also equipped with a shorter length of chain with a grab hook also attached to the master oblong link. This design allows the operator to shorten the chain leg length as needed.

Single Leg Adjustable Chain Sling
Double Leg Adjustable Chain Sling
Triple Leg Adjustable Chain Sling
Quad Leg Adjustable Chain Sling

 

 

endlessEndless chain slings. As it sounds, an endless sling is an endless loop of chain attached through a master oblong link at the top. An additional variation has two loops of chain attached through the same master oblong. Our endless chain lift slings are available to order via our Custom Chain Sling Order Form or by giving us a call at 800-660-3585.

 

 

basketBasket chain slings. In a similar design as the endless basket sling except it’s just one length of chain making up the body of the sling, with each end of the chain attached to the oblong master link. A double basket configuration has two lengths attached each to its own oblong link, with the oblongs then attached to a master oblong link. Basket chain slings can be ordered via out Custom Chain Sling Order Form or by phone at 800-660-3585.

 

Custom chain lift sling options

In addition to the four different types of sling, other options to customize the lift slings include the size of the chain, the grade of the chain, and the number of legs. Several end fittings are available including sling hooks, grab hooks, foundry hooks, self-locking hooks, and simple oblong links.

You can shop our online selection of chain slings here: Chain Slings & Lifting Chains, or give us a call at 800-660-3585 about any customization options you need. We’ll be happy to help find the exact sling you need.

Customer Photos: Wire Rope in Military Vehicle Restoration

XXXXX100_12511We were happy to hear from Bob in New York, when he let us know he received his order of 6×37 wire rope and was impressed with the product. But we were really intrigued when he told us he was going to be installing the wire rope on his 1953 M37 Military Vehicle he was restoring.

Bob belongs to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA). The non-profit group was founded in 1976, to provide an organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, preservationists, collectors, and historians who are interested in acquiring, restoring, preserving, safe operation, and public education of historic military transport vehicles. Bob’s local unit, Empire State West, buys and restores military vehicles for display at parades, car shows, and other events to honor and support our troops and veterans.

Bob is from a military family and has been involved in military vehicle restoration for more than 20 years. Here’s what he told us:

What is the most difficult aspect of the process?

1967 M35A3, rebuilt in 1997
1967 M35A3, rebuilt in 1997

To understand military vehicles, you have to keep in mind that different eras- WWII, Korea, Vietnam, etc.- all used different vehicles . If you want a WWII jeep or CCKW (Deuce), you can spend months tracking down a suitable vehicle, and then arranging transport. Parts are found online, EBay, at Military Collector shows, or Military Vehicle parts dealers.

How long has it taken you to restore this particular vehicle?

About two years, but I did not work on it every day. The hunt for parts is a big part of the fun. Military vehicles always require some type of maintenance, so there is always a lot to do.

Do you have plans to restore another vehicle soon?

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M274 Mule

My restorations are what are called “Motor Pool” vehicles, which are MV’s that would have been used by GIs in the field. My interest is Vietnam-era military vehicles, all the vehicles I have were of that era. I am currently putting the finishing touches on my M274 Mule. However, vehicles are never really done; you are always picking up items to add to your ride.

Tell us more about your local MVPA group.

The MVPA is a national organization and there are local clubs all over the country. Our local group, Empire State West, has about 30 members. Some members are veterans, some are not, but all have an interest in military vehicles. All the vehicles are owned and maintained by our members, we receive NO funding, so we try to attend events that are not too far from our core members (about 20-25 miles). Also MVs don’t have a lot of creature comfort- no heat or AC, and most are open vehicles. A rain day is a no show for us!1953 Dodge M37 weapons carrier.

If you’re in the Western New York area, the Empire State West group will be at the Soldiers through the Ages event on Memorial Day Weekend. You can find additional events in other states on the MVPA website: MV Events.

Interested in joining an MVPA? To find one in your area, visit the Find an Affiliate page.

 

Customer Photos: Adjustable Shoring Beams

image of shorting beams from USCargoControl.comWade sent us these photos showing how he used two of our 92″ adjustable aluminum shoring beams and horizontal e-track to create an elevated open loft area in his enclosed trailer. He spaced the beams to accommodate extra tires for his stock car, freeing up valuable floor space in the 28 foot long trailer.

“Before adding the shoring beams, I couldn’t carry as many tires as I would have liked on race day because they would take up too much room on the floor.”image of shoring beam load bars from USCargoControl.com

Shoring beams and E-track offer endless options for controlling cargo and making the very best use of space. While the beams create an extra space for holding tires, Wade says they also come in handy for securing gear: “I can roll in a portable tire rack and secure it to keep it from moving, and can also strap the hydraulic floor jack handle to the beam as well.”

image of USCargoControl.com shoring beams

Wade says the versatility of the E-track is what sold him on the system: “The great thing about the E Track is the adjustability. Now for storing the car for winter I have a storage rack in front of the car and behind it to make the best use of the space.”

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Customer Photos: Stainless Steel Shackles for Fishing

shark4These latest photos we’ve received were a little surprising. While we know stainless steel shackles are used in a wide variety of the industries we serve, fishing is not one that immediately comes to mind- especially when you’re used to hearing from customers in the rigging and lifting field.shark1

Dalton from Texas sent us these great photos of a 5’8″ bull shark he caught in Matagorda, Texas. He says he used one of our stainless steel shackles: the 3/16″ stainless steel bolt type anchor shackle to connect the hook drops to the rest of the shark leader.  shackle

This particular type of shackle is a great choice for an application like this since it offers an excellent combination of strength and protection against corrosion due to the Type 316 marine-grade stainless steel. The bolt pin design also allows for added securement since a nut is screwed on the end and a pre-drilled hole allows for a cotter pin to keep the bolt form loosening with extended use.

Dalton mentioned that this is just one of the many sharks he has caught with our shackles. We’re just hoping he keeps sending us pictures!

If you have pictures of our products in use- send them our way! Send us an e-mail at CustomerService@USCargoControl.com or post them to our US Cargo Control Facebook page.

Customer Photos: Ratchet Straps

We love to feature product photos we get from our customers. We received this one from Elaine on Galveston Island, Texas, after she let us know how pleased she and her husband were with our ratchet straps. Elaine purchased our 2″ x 30′ blue ratchet strap with chain extensions.

 

ratchet strap with chain extension

 

“We have a Bobcat business, Jim Abrams Bobcat Services. We now have two machines that we trailer to our job sites, and we’re VERY pleased with the US Cargo products. In fact, our friends own an equipment rental business and have asked just where we get our tie down ratchet straps. Our equipment DEALER commented that ours were the biggest and best he had EVER seen. They were very impressed, especially with the chain leads.

We recently purchased a new compact tractor and new flatbed trailer.  We already have a large Kubota SVL75 skid steer front end loader.  My husband has been a heavy equipment operator for 40 years and I now have a unit of my own to go out and help him do some specialized work.  (At age 65 I am starting a whole new career!)  

My husband does a lot of research online and no one came close to your ratchet straps–it was EXACTLY what he wanted. 

Elaine Forbes
Jim Abrams Bobcat Services, LLC

Customer Photos: Moving Blankets

We love receiving photos from our customers; so much so that we’ve created a new Customer Photos category.

This first post features photos we received from Laurel in Pennsylvania. Laurel purchased a Supreme moving blanket 4-pack to use for her dog, Tilly. She uses one in Tilly’s crate to provide a comfortable padded layer, and also in her vehicles to protect the seats. At a generous 72″ x 80″ size, our moving blankets are big enough to cover a wide area, but also fold neatly to create a more cushioned surface.

photo of moving blankets for dog bed

 

Laurel wrote:   “My husband thinks a moving pad is a moving pad is a moving pad… he went to our local big box home improvement store and bought one for his car for $16. It’s thin and slippery!  I MAY have to share one of mine with him! My US Cargo Control moving blankets really are nice and suit our needs perfectly.”

Laurel also mentioned that she was thrilled to learn that the Supreme moving blankets are machine-washable, a must-have since she says “Mastiffs like Tilly can be slobbery!”

For more ideas on other uses for our moving blankets, see Moving Blankets- Not Just for Moving Anymore.

The Supreme moving blanket Laurel purchased is our best-selling, highest quality moving pad, but additional styles of various weights are also available. We’ve divided them into categories based on weight and material:

BEST Moving Blankets

BETTER Moving Blankets

GOOD Moving Blankets

SKINS Moving Blankets

If you need help in choosing the right moving blanket for your specific needs, give our sales team a call at 800-867-1210. They’ll be happy to help!

We need your photos of USCC products in use!

Email them to: customerservice@uscargocontrol.com and we’ll feature them on the blog and on our US Cargo Control Facebook page.